What’s In A Name + Giveaway

by Lucky Red Hen on November 19, 2012

I often get asked where Lucky Red Hen came from and wish I had a fun story to tell.
The process of elimination was grueling. My actual name is already taken by a comedic actress and an accessory to a murder (two different people, not a murdering actress), so using my name was out.

Two-word phrases that I liked were already taken, so I moved on to three and made sure they didn’t come up in existing searches online. Do a Google search for “Lucky Red Hen” and I’m all that comes up for pages and pages…

Although I don’t believe in being LUCKY, per se, I like the word a lot (obviously). Being ‘blessed’ is the alternative term, but there is no way I’m going to use that word in my description/logo. {shiver}

“I’m a great believer in luck,
and I find the harder I work
the more I have of it.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Life is not easy. We all have problems-even tragedies-to deal with, and luck has nothing to do with it. Bad luck is only the superstitious excuse for those who don’t have the wit to deal with the problems of life.” Joan Lowery Nixon, In The Face of Danger

RED is a powerful color, and known in China to be lucky. Traditionally, a red envelope is given as a gift is about 2.5 x 4 inches, are often printed with metallic gold ink with a picture of a lucky thing (such as carp, peonies, Zodiac animal or Chinese characters for positive thoughts/wishes) and should contain an even amount of money, avoiding the number four (which pronounced sounds like the Chinese word for ‘death’). You are welcome to send me a money-filled red envelope; click on the red envelope in the upper right corner for my address. P.S. Avoid giving a Chinese person money in a white envelope because they are believed to be unlucky.

My first eBay purchase years ago was a 42′ wooden rooster from Africa and it’s usually the first thing newcomers to our home comment on (the thing is seriously HUGE), but I’m not a guy so I adapted to use HEN instead of rooster. The rooster is a symbol of vigilance, courage, trust, bravery, and a good omen. To U.S. Christians it signifies the Passion of Christ. Jesus predicted Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed the following morning, which he did.

All three words are easy to pronounce, spell, read, and comprehend; which is important when coming up with a business name. Some people think LITTLE Red Hen instead, which is forgivable, because at least it’s not FAT Red Hen. Am I right?

THE GIVEAWAY! The neat folks at www.VeryJane.com have fun stuff at discounted prices every day for your shopping pleasure. Since it’s the season for giving (when isn’t it a good time to give?), they gave me a RED bubble necklace to giveaway to one of my LUCKY readers!

If you want it (for yourself or to give as a gift), leave a comment at the end of this post. Want more luck? I want more readers! Share this post with your Facebook and/or Twitter friends for an extra entry each (leave another comment for each). The winner will be announced next Monday (since it is a U.S. holiday and busy weekend), so you have plenty of time to spread the word!

{ 10 comments }

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama November 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Love your name! Always cool to see how people came up with their blog names.

Love this necklace! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama November 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm
Jamie M. November 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I love knowing how others came up with the names, and who doesn’t love a chance to win a very cute necklace :).

Jamie M. November 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm
tiffany twisted November 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

saw this today and it reminded me of you:
https://www.onekingslane.com/product/17011/731057

Summer November 21, 2012 at 3:05 am

I love how you came up with your name and I would love to win this giveaway! :)

Jan LeBaron November 21, 2012 at 3:55 am

These are the greatest necklaces! Red for Christmas… perfect!

Nicole Bullock November 21, 2012 at 5:50 am

Must have the red one!

And I think your name is perfect.

Jodi Pegram November 21, 2012 at 7:03 am

Wow… yes please!! I love it!

Terah November 26, 2012 at 5:16 am

…and no weird spellings in your name! That’s always important.

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